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Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Art and Design

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Completion of year one of this programme would give the learner an OCR Cambridge Technicals Level 3 Introductory Diploma in Art and Design. Progression could be onto the OCR Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, into employment or an Apprenticeship and on to Higher Education courses such as HNC / HND / Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) degree. You will have exposure to a range of practical activities through workshops, live projects, events and work experience to develop practical skills and build theoretical portfolios to prepare you for the next level of study.

Overview of the course: 

The Level 3 programmes are designed to help you extend your understanding of the Art and Design Industry whilst developing your skills across a range of media; you will learn techniques as well as create your own pieces. You will work on a range of projects in a number of locations. Learners have the opportunity to witness art at the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum whilst visiting Holland; design their own sculpture; participate in a Fashion Show as designer and model and be made up as a zombie for the Zombie Apocalypse Halloween event. If you are passionate about working in the Art and Design Industry, then this is the programme for you.

Entry requirements: 

Five 9-4 grade GCSEs (including Maths and English).

Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.

Our entry requirements are in place to support our students in achieving the qualifications they have chosen to study. Following changes in the assessment and grading of GCSE’s as a result of Covid-19, all new full-time students will be regularly assessed by East Durham College at an early stage in their study programme. This is to ensure that students are enrolled onto courses which suit their abilities – following assessment, there may be occasions when learners are transferred to a relevant course at a higher or lower level in order to ensure they are enrolled onto the right course for them to achieve success.


The programme is 'learner responsive' which means we build projects around the learners who have chosen this route of study. You will be given guidance over the development of projects, which help you to develop confidence across a range of media such as 2 and 3D work, computer based design, photography, graphics, fashion and textiles and many more . You will also participate in an annual exhibition of work where you may sell pieces and you will also have the opportunity to see professional works at galleries and venues in London and experience a different culture in Holland.

How is the course assessed?: 

The work you complete is graded as 'Pass' / Merit / Distinction' and you will have two opportunities to submit work for assessment for each unit. The course is assessed internally by an Assessor, before being Internally and Externally Verified to check the marking is consistent. Assessment includes presentation of art work, written submissions, viva voce (interview to camera), photographic evidence, collaboration with artists / clients.

Further study options after this course: 

Students achieving a Merit at Level 3 Introductory Diploma, can progress onto the Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3). Progression for most learners after successful completion of the Extended Diploma is onto a Foundation Year in Art and Design or a BA (Hons) in Art and Design (with a choice of specialist areas). Alternative choices include employment as an artist, a trainee/technical assistant in the design industry, assistant curator or freelance work in printing, photography, product and interior design, graphics and fashion/textiles design.

Length of the course: 

1 Year Full Time. The Level 3 Extended Diploma is part of a two year programme, with the Introductory Diploma in year one; you will study across three to four days each week.
This full time study programme courses may also be available to study on a part-time basis if you are aged 18 or over on 31st August. Please check with Student Services for more details.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Loan funded if you already have a full level 3 qualification or are aged 24 and over on 31st August 2021 - contact us to check your qualifications and for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

Alternatively you may self fund the course. If you need to pay fees they are:


*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (19 Jan 2021 05:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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